Alabama NewsCenter — ‘Forging Justice Commemoration Week’ is underway in Birmingham as anniversary of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing approaches

| September 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

By: Alabama News Center Staff

With the 60th anniversary of the racial terrorist bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church just days away, the city and multiple partners have begun a weeklong commemoration that will culminate Friday with a keynote address at the church by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Throughout this year, the city, area churches, arts organizations, businesses and nonprofits have reflected on the 1963 Birmingham civil and human rights movement. Alabama News Center has also been marking the anniversary with “Bending Toward Justice,” an ongoing series of stories and videos about that year in Birmingham.

The 2023 Forging Justice Commemoration Week kicked off Sunday at Sixteenth Street Baptist with a service featuring Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, executive director of the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium. It was followed by a community conversation with nationally recognized educator, advocate and mathematician Freeman Hrabowski and members of Birmingham civil rights families at the nearby Ballard House.

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